Pictured: Mo Clipper (56), Bryce Thornton (7) (Josh Major)
Pictured: Mo Clipper (56), Bryce Thornton (7)

Josh Major

Milton vs. Etowah: Battle of the Eagles

October 7, 2021

Milton- Under the dark sky, in the new black Jordan uniforms, Milton pummeled Alpharetta in a high-scoring offensive matchup: 55-27. Not much could stop the Eagles’ offense while putting up a new season-high in points. With Milton’s win, they sit atop the region standings with Roswell and Cherokee. With an Alpharetta loss, the Raiders will have a lot of work to do to make the playoffs.

This week Milton will travel to Woodstock to take on the other Eagles of Etowah. Surprisingly Etowah leads the all-time series five games to Milton’s four. Last week Etowah lost a close game to Roswell 15-6. Etowah needs a win against Milton to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Etowah Impact Players

QB Braden Bohannon (Sr.)- 23 completions, 197 passing yards, 47 carries, 93 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns

WR Will Curcio (Jr.)- 14 catches, 98 yards

CB Will Pailthorpe (Sr.)- 29 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions

Etowah is in their second year of the Matt Kemper era. Kemper, the formal Roswell Head Coach, has faced Milton and struggled against the Eagles. Etowah is currently winless with losses coming against Creekview, River Ridge, North Cobb, North Forsyth and previously mentioned Roswell. Offensively Etowah has only scored two touchdowns and let up 120 points in five combined games.

Senior quarterback Braden Bohannon will presumably get the start this week against Milton. In Etowah’s game last week, Bohannon completed only one pass for 55 yards. Bohannon was also the Eagles leading rusher with 11 carries for 61 yards and one touchdown.

Sophomore running back Elijah Washington got a heavy load with 17 carries for only 39 yards to show. Senior running back Jaiden Maddox had five carries for 14 yards.

Etowah’s passing game last week was non-existent. The only pass of the game was a 51-yard throw caught by Junior Garrett Carson. Some notable names of Etowah’s receiving core include Senior DJ Bailey and Junior Will Curcio.

On the Defensive side, Etowah is extremely inconsistent. The defense will let up many points one game, then turn around and will limit teams to very few points. Over five games Etowah has let up 27 points on average.

Milton Impact Players

QB Devin Farrell (Sr.)- 69 completions, 929 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns, 50 carries, 292 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns

 WR Debron Gatling (So.)- 19 catches, 318 yards, 8 touchdowns

DL AJ Crawford (Sr.)- 41 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery

Last week, the Milton offense got off to a quick start and did not let up until the end of the game. The high-scoring games in back-to-back weeks have earned the Eagles’ offense a top-five ranking in points scored per game.

Senior Quarterback Devin Farrell showed his great athletic ability putting up 153 passing yards on 12 passes and one touchdown. Farrell rushed for 93 yards on six carries and one touchdown.

Senior Jordan McDonald had yet another 100+ yard game rushing for 105 yards on 10 carries and scoring twice. Junior Scott Moskowitz has really shown just how talented he is in the past few games. Last week Moskowitz rushed for 85 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown. Junior Bryce Thornton carried the ball five times for 45 yards and one touchdown. Senior Adam Freas scored on both of his carries.

Senior receiver Brooks Bortle led the team with two catches for 72 yards. Senior Adam Freas had four catches for 42 yards. Sophomore Debron Gatling caught three balls for 36 yards. Senior tight end Jack Nickel caught two passes for four yards and one touchdown.

Milton’s Senior offensive lineman Thyler Williams, Brandon Best, Ben Hartman, Trey Harding, Mo Clipper and Kayden Richardson all played a valuable part in moving the ball up and down the field against the Raiders defense. They continue to show why they are one of the best units in the state.

One major change was the new defensive set. Usually, the Eagles’ run a 4-2-5 meaning four linemen, two linebackers and five in the secondary. However, the set switched to a 3-4 meaning three down lineman and four linebackers. The 3-4 is most used to defend the pass and pressure the quarterback. Defensively Milton did a great job at forcing turnovers and putting pressure on Ben Guthrie. Getting the ball back for the offense was a gamechanger and one of the reasons Milton won big over their region rival.

Junior safety Robert Billings could easily be the player of the game thanks to his 13 tackles and two pass deflections. Junior Safety Bryce Thornton made eight tackles. Senior Linebacker Zyere Horton made six tackles and one sack. Sophomore Debron Gatling saw an appearance at cornerback, with it he got one interception.

Junior linebacker Caleb Moran recorded eight tackles and one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery. Senior linebacker Owen Pauley made four tackles and had one fumble recovery. Senior linebacker Dylan Miller had three tackles.

Senior defensive lineman AJ Crawford made four tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and two forced fumbles. Senior Giles Tchio recorded three tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack. Junior LT Overton made three tackles.

Keys to Victory: Etowah

This game will be Etowah’s biggest test of the season, how will you handle a high-power opponent at home. Etowah is going to need explosive plays, multiple turnovers and every trick in the book to beat Milton. On defense, Etowah needs to shut down the Eagles running game and force Farrell to throw the ball.

Keys to Victory: Milton

Don’t take Etowah’s defense lightly, they have shown they can limit high power offenses to very little. Start with being explosive in running the ball then open it up and hit big passes to take Etowah out of the game early. On defense just shut down Etowah and do not let them get anything and go out and prove why the Milton defense is one of the best in the state.

 

Score Prediction:

Milton/45

Etowah/7

 

Offensive Player of the Game: Devin Farrell

Defensive Player of the Game: LT Overton

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